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Words from Kevin

One Body with Many Members

Romans 12:4-6 (ESV) 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.

The Congregation, along with being the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth, is the body of Christ here on earth, commissioned to work together for the mission of Christ in the world.

It is the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that call people to the Congregation. They do this through Baptism and through the preaching of God’s Word, because these are the means of grace that make dead sinners spiritually alive in Christ, and so also, they knit the different members together to make one body.

And so, it is also the members that look after body and serve the other parts of the body, just like a hand takes care of a body’s hair, or a mouth is responsible to make sure the rest of the body is fed. We’re all connected, we’re all interdependent, and we all need each other.

This is part of why our Congregation keeps a membership roster. When we need a “foot,” it’s helpful for us to have a defined list of “feet” we can call on to serve us.

Our roster also helps us to define our area of responsibility. The spiritual leaders of our Congregation (Deacons, Elders, Pastors) are responsible to watch over the whole body, and so for them, knowing if a member is part of our body or not helps those leaders to know who they are responsible for and who they are not. It’s kind of like how it’d be pretty weird if you randomly started combing someone else’s hair, but it’s also pretty noticeable if you never comb your own. We, as a spiritual body, are responsible to assess and take care of the spiritual needs of our body.

(Incidentally, if someone is not part of another Christian Congregation, then they are still part of our mission field, and so while they are not part of our “responsibility” in the same way as members of the body, we still have a duty to love them and share the Gospel with them.)

So we can praise the Lord for all this, because He has given every single member of our Congregations their own unique gifts with which to serve our Congregation, and together we can form our body and grow up into our Head, Christ Jesus.

Intern, Kevin Hall

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